The top three picks in the draft have been taking part in their own workouts, which is important since Parker, Wiggins, and Embiid didn’t attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Right here, we have the video from Parker’s workout. First, I’ll preface this by telling everyone to not draw too much from any of these workouts. These workouts are made viral to hype up the prospects and make them look good. You won’t see any missed shots or any lapses in these videos, but there were in the full workout. These are small highlight films from the workout, so just keep that in mind.
However, Jabari Parker does look damn good. He looks explosive and most notable, he looks slim. No idea how much weight he’s dropped, but he looks slim and in shape. His shot from deep looks good. I mean, it’s hard to take any bad things from a highlight film so everything looks good here.
Above all, Jabari Parker looks extremely athletic in this tape. There has been so much talk about Andrew Wiggins’ athleticism that people are starting to assume that Parker isn’t athletic for one reason or another. After watching this tape, that statement should be put to rest. The 360 degree dunk at the end just proves all the doubters wrong about his athleticism.
Parker looks good. Seeing him fall to No. 3 would be exceptional. The 76ers might wind up getting the player that falls to them, but fans should be elated if Parker is the selection. He can come in and drop buckets from the moment he steps on the court. His defense is another problem — seeing him subbed out during defense possessions against Mercer in the NCAA Tournament was concerning. The biggest question mark about Parker isn’t anything revolving his offensive repertoire, it’s his defense, or lack thereof.
Can Brett Brown fix that? Who knows, honestly. A lot of it will come down to not taking possessions off and taking some sort of pride in defending your man. If Nerlens Noel pans out to be the rim protector he’s heralded to be, then it should take some pressure off of Parker to be a capable defender.
76ers fans, if Jabari Parker falls in our laps on June 27th, we should be just as excited if it was Andrew Wiggins. This kid is going to fill up the scoring sheet.